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This PC is aimed to play FPS & RPG games on ultra settings at 40 - 60 FPS as well as video edit and render short 1080p videos. The building experience lasted a total of three days and I encountered a couple of problems, like putting the RAM backwards, no internet connection, etc. But in the end, I have a very powerful machine.

CPU: I decided to go with the AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Black Edition Processor which is great for consumers on a budget. The CPU was on sale for $129.99 instead of the usual $229.99. The CPU is blazing fast and if I ever wanted, I could also overclock to increase the speeds even more! All in all, it's worth every penny.

Motherboard: I decided to purchase the ASUS M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard which is a great motherboard for the price. The BIOS is a little difficult to navigate and being a first time builder, it was much more difficult than I wanted. On the flipside, there is a dedicated key to go into the BIOS which is very convenient.

Memory: Corsair Vengeance's 8GB of DDR3-1600 RAM was no disappointment. Every loads incredibly fast and I feel like when I join a lobby in Titanfall, it only takes 10 seconds to jump into the action. I definitely plan on upgrading to 16GB in the future though, as 8GB sometimes isn't the best for video editing.

Storage: I had originally planned on picking up a Western Digital 1TB hard drive and a 250GB Samsung SSD but the Seagate 4TB 3.5+ 5900RPM Hybrid Drive went on sale for $129.99 and I could not resist. This hybrid drive is great for mass storage, especially with all the space available, but if you are looking for speed I would not recommend this hard drive.

Graphics Card: For $175 I wasn't expecting much from the EVGA GeForce GTX 76- 2GB Superclocked ACX. I was hoping to get 30FPS on a small Titanfall lobby and be happy with it. The first game I tried on my new machine was Tomb Raider and when I maxed out all the settings and looked at the FPS in the top left I was amazed. I was still getting 50 FPS! For that price you cannot go wrong and I am in love with this card and strongly recommend it to budget gamers.

Monitor: The Acer G246HLAbd 24.0" monitor was on sale on Amazon for $129.99 so I decided to purchase it. The monitor is 1080p and has 60hz, which is ideal for gaming. There are no dead pixels or anything and the colors seem pretty good to me. The titling is not as good as other monitors but for $129.99, I am very happy.

Peripherals: For my keyboard and mouse I decided to go with the Logitech G710 and the Logitech G402. The keyboard is great, especially with the MX Brown switches and I can already see a big improvement on my typing speed and accuracy. The mouse is also fantastic, especially when you download the Logitech Gaming Software. Inside the app, you can change what the buttons do, the levels of DPI, and much more.

All in all, I am very happy with how my first build when and how powerful it is, especially in gaming, which was a great surprise. I will definitely need to purchase a CPU cooler and more RAM in the future, but for the next two years I think everything else is just perfect. Please give me your thoughts in the comments!

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  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Good balenced build, well done!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you sir!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

pretty nice build I would have gotten a cheaper psu and get a cpu cooler with that, amd chips tend to get a little horny hot

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

I actually forgot to comment on that. The CPU is actually really hot and the stock cooler is so LOUD! A CPU cooler is definitely on my Christmas list.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah that GTX 760 is a great card, just usually over priced for the performance. The price you paid for it is great! My buddy has an i5 4690k+760 setup and he can stream via shadowplay to twitch 720p@60 while playing games like shadows of mordor and evil within 1080p@60 at ultra/high settings. It's really good setup, I could see your computer handling streaming quite well!

Note: If you can, try to move your cables around, like remove the side panel and reroute your cables through the back, that'll make it look much nicer.

Great job overall!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the input! I was originally planning on getting a GTX 970 but my father said the price was too high so I was a bit bummed out when I ordered the GTX 760 but the fact I can still run Far Cry 4 at ultra and get 50 - 60 FPS is insane!

I actually have a Twitch channel (twitch.tv/itsjameswarner), gonna get the self-advertising in there, haha! I've actually heard a lot about ShadowPlay and it seems pretty neat.

When I first put everything into the case the first time, everything went on but the display did not work so I took it apart and put it together but then it didn't recognize my RAM so I had to take everything apart again so when I finally got it to work I just shoved all the wires underneath the HHD for now. I do plan on working on that in the future, but honestly the computer is under my desk and if someone looks through the side window all they see is the cables going into the GPU so that's a minimal priority right now. Thanks for all the tips!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya alot of ppl on here are snooty little punks who think just BC a new game is out, you have to have top of the line specs or gtfo. I think the 760 & r9 280 are perfect right now for beautiful 1080p gaming and if ppl were working on a budget those would be the cards I'd pick.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Completely agree with you man! Thanks for the feedback.